Trees and Cistern in the Park of Château Noir, 1900–1902
Cézanne’s approach to watercolor was multilayered and often involved a play between drawing and color. He first laid down lines, as in an underdrawing, that would serve as the structure for the overlay of colored strokes. Others he placed atop the pigment to emphasize a contour or underscore a direction in the composition. When viewed through high magnification, this drawing reveals graphite underdrawing as well as pencil marks that cross over strokes of watercolor.